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Commodore 64 kept running for 25 years -- in a Polish auto shop

Commodore 64 kept running for 25 years -- in a Polish auto shop

September 29, 2016 | By Alex Wawro

September 29, 2016 | By Alex Wawro
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34 years ago, Commodore International introduced its Commodore 64 home computer to the world. On Monday, the company took to Facebook to introduce one that's still running (and has been for a quarter of a century) in a Polish garage.

While it's actually not clear if the C64C in question is still running (Commodore appears to have pulled the image from a post to a retro computer enthusiasts group on Facebook in January), it's nevertheless a fun celebration of a machine that played a key role in the childhoods of many game developers working today.

Though the auto repair shop in Gdansk, Poland has reportedly used its C64 (running homebuilt software) to balance driveshafts for the past 25 years, the venerable computer also has a celebrated history as a platform for games. And to be clear, C64s are far from rare these days -- you can often find working models in the collections of industry historians and museums. However, it is rare to find one that's been in continuous operation since the early '90s.

Some devs have even been known to develop or port their games to run on C64s, even though squeezing halfway decent performance out of those old machines requires significant technical know-how.



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